Andy's Seafood &
First impressions from the opening night of
"Andy's Seafood SAU KEE" on Fri, June 29, 2012.
Photography Enthusiast -
...a full page and story with all my own photos,
in the HAC quarterly newsletter....
The Lamma Dragons had great fun in Discovery Bay
last Sat, winning 3 trophies.
From a Person
Who Likes Girls in Swim Suits -
"Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend
the Dragon Boat Festival held in D-Bay."
"This past weekend was our favorite holiday:
Dragon Boat Festival Day."
Book published by HK Economic, Trade and
Cultural Office, for free distribution in the
Taiwan tourism market.
I've just received our latest electricity bill
by email, featuring this all-new bar chart.
Noticing a table setting like this, you'll know
it might be expensive.
Lamma Fun Day:
Sat, Nov 24,
"Thank you to all who showed up at Diesel's on
Sunday for the Lamma Fun Day Forum."
Old Jetty @
Plus an unintentionally "wobbly" photo of the
YSW skyline below. Click to enlarge:
'Thanks for your
email, friend, stranger, or flack'
Sending out my occasional email to our 4,500+
"It was a GREAT pleasure to orchestrate your
move to Lamma today!"
What's on This
Weekend in YSW?
- Jun 16
Click posters for details.
The Gift of
"Banyan House is now entering its fifth
year of providing inspired learning for
- Jun 14
(Text by Debbie & photos by Lisa)
Butterflies @ Banyan Bay Bar -
"Island Arts is a vibrant after school
arts initiative, run by well- known local
painter Roz Keep."
Wine Buffet @
Genuine Lamma Hilton
- Jun 12
"Lamma-Gung & I happen to have a chance to try
out an Exclusive Sampling Buffet."
Lamma Dragons in
- Jun 11
Click above for more photos and an article from
Lamma Dragon and guest blogger Brittany.
- Jun 6
Snake Banquet for
"The Official Court Gluttons set out for the
annual Lamma Island Snake Banquet."
- Jun 4
"The June 4th rally in Victoria Park on HK
Island was an event where I should have stayed
in and enjoyed a good iced coffee."
Lamma Hoops Roars
"Sharks drub Vipers;
Dragons, Lions also roar"
Sell Your Garden
For $11 Million? -
This online ad from Habitat Property aroused my
curiosity, check it out: Beachfront Site....
South Lamma -
Butterfly Paradise -
Sok Kwu Wan - Mo Tat Wan, with Ling Kok Shan,
fish farms and the slope-cutting works in
First impressions from the opening night of "Andy's
Seafood SAU KEE" on Fri, June 29, 2012. It's been nicknamed the "New
Lamcombe" by some as it's run by the same management team, Andy & Elizabeth,
and many of their former staff from the "old Lamcombe". Mostly very positive reviews so
A fantastic sunset greeted us on the seaside terrace,
perfect for opening night. This might become another favourite sunset
watching spot soon:
P.S. You want to read about Andy's (sea)food, not
the sunsets? Coming soon...
Taking photos almost daily, publishing
many of them on this website - all the non- credited photos
here are my own - some of them
make it into printed publications occasionally. This is what I
got today from the
Hans Andersen Club Island Lamma Center, to my big and pleasant surprise:
a full page and story with all my own photos, in their
quarterly newsletter widely distributed in North Lamma:
Click on photos above to enlarge
Translation: "Photos by Lamma-Gung, the
Lamma.com[.hk] webmaster, from Switzerland, but everyone calls him Lamma-Gung. He has
long treated Lamma Island as his home. Not only does he care for the
local residents & events, his camera never leaves his side wherever he goes,
shooting the strange and interesting sides of Lamma Island.
For this issue of "Photography enthusiasts", we luckily had Lamma-Gung share
his Ling Kok Shan Hike photos taken in 2011. Now we'll all take a good look
at Lamma's great scenes."
All these photos have been published last year as a major
photo gallery with captions in the Lamma-zine - click below:
Here's the Summer Courses newsletter by Hans
Andersen Club's Lamma Island Center in digital format, with many almost-free courses for children and adults:
Hans Andersen Club - 2012 Summer Program Enrollment
The newsletter will be distributed around YSW today, but you can
also pick up a copy outside the District Council
and Rural Committee offices on YSW Main Street, plus a few shops and
restaurants as well.
The Lamma Dragons had great fun in Discovery Bay last
winning 3 trophies.
L-G and Chili_Bean_Sauce (Lamma-zine Intern &
Junior Lammaite) tagged along,
taking 1,000+ photos and even joining the party boat (chartered Tsui Wah
ferry) back to Yung Shue Wan at night.
photo gallery of some of their triumphs and shenanigans:
Chili_Bean_Sauce - Lamma-zine Intern & Junior
Lammaite (photos by L-G):
Comments on the DBay Dragon
A perspective from a person
who likes girls
in swim suits
Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the
Dragon Boat Festival held in Discovery Bay.
Being an indoors type of person - who likes
neither sweating nor moving too much since the
age of 15 - watching a dragon boat race in
person was one of the many items to complete on
my bucket list of "Things to watch people do
while I choose not to participate", which is
right after "Old people playing Bingo".
Lamma-Gung and I arrived rather late that
day, around 3pm. There was already a crowd in
the area and most of the beach was reserved for
the event. I've only been to D-Bay once, if my
memory hasn't failed me, and that was really a
long time ago. D-Bay is so much more of a
"high-class, developed, gated community",
especially when compared to Lamma Island's YSW;
well-paved roads, lots more restaurant and bar
choices, not to mention the AC at the Central
D-Bay Ferry Pier. Lots of small shops have
opened that day for a good one-day business,
from clothing to PCCW selling high-speed
internet and charity organisations hoping for
the rich to pass down some of their wealth.
Dragon Boat races were fast and energetic, with
around 8(?) boats racing per race, I believe.
organisers had everything under good
control, and the event went swiftly overall,
without any problems or "surprises". There were
so many teams, I wasn't able to keep track of
all of them, not to mention all the different
races by Women's, Men's and Mixed. There were
also dancing or performance competitions
happening in the DB Plaza stage most of the
When all the races were done, we moved on to
the trophy-giving ceremony, but first were the
memorabilia handed out to the dear and precious
sponsors. I choose not to mention any names or
organizations here since:-
1. I'm not paid to do so, and
2. I didn't even bother to remember their names
to begin with
(though I did use a voice recorder during the
The weather that day wasn't great, though the
rain didn't last long and most people were well
prepared (not to mention already wet from their
own sweat and the very humid air).
Lamma Dragons winning stats can
3 more trophies to be displayed in
The Island Bar:
The event finally ended with good
performances and dances (with a heavy taste of
royal/ political overtones) from "Team England";
and really great dances from "Team Jump Up and
Down", with great aerobatic performances and
actual girls with great dance moves.
How would next year be like? I wonder, but I
won't find out since I've already completed this
item on my bucket list of "Things to watch
people do while I choose not to participate".
Brittany Hite -
Lamma Zombie Dragon (photos by Brittany,
past weekend was our favorite holiday: Dragon
Boat Festival Day (holiday explainer
Yes, this is the holiday every
year where there are dragon boat races all over
Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, and lots of people
take part — not just the serious dragon boaters
among us like the Lamma Dragons.
last year, we went to Discovery Bay to
take part in some races. Because we had so many
people, we entered four teams: one men's, one
women's and two mixed. To mix things up a bit,
we even changed our names for the mixed races to
differentiate the teams: The Lamma Plants and
the Lamma Zombies.
here.] The day ended well, with one of
our mixed teams (Zombies, I think) and the
women's team both garnering third-place overall
finishers on the day. Something to sing about:
P.S. Dressing up as zombies this year, so what
have the Lamma Dragons been up to last year in DbAY? Well, dressing up as hippies, of course, trying
their darn hardest to keep the old Lamma cliché alive for ever and ever! See
Book published by
Economic, Trade and Cultural Office,
for free distribution in the Taiwan tourism market.
Cover shot by "Lamma-Gung of Lamma.com.hk":
Sok Kwu Wan from the hilltop above the Lamma Quarry.
Chili_Bean_Sauce - Lamma-zine
Summer Intern & Junior
(Book translation/summary, click on scans to
Slow Life - Lamma Island's
1st paragraph: Lamma
Island is the total opposite of the typical HKer
lifestyle; for a real place to escape your
keyboard, the fast cars and never- ending
schedules, have a taste of Lamma Island.
Everything in Lamma Island is
aimed towards nature, mixed culture and enjoying
life as it is.
On Lamma island there are no
cars (only small VVs). Transport relies on one's
feet and bicycles. If Hong Kong is the "Pearl of
the East", then Lamma Island is the "Lost Pearl
in the Blue Sea". With less than 10,000
residents, Lamma Island is a place for quiet and
calm; not only full of foreigners, but also a
great place for a simple "staycation".
In the north, there's Yung Shue
Wan, filled with people of different
nationalities, it's being called a "Mini UN".
From bars, restaurants, coffee shops and gift
shops, it compares to Central Hong Kong.
In the South, there's Sok Ku
Wan, where the traditional fishermen's life
still remains. Filled with seafood restaurants,
it makes the trip of coming to Hong Kong
(enjoying seafood) become more fulfilling.
Between these two villages,
there's a good scenic walking path; within 2
hours, you could enjoy most of Lamma Island;
from the smooth sand of Lamma's beaches to the
rare and precious sea turtles and Lamma's
mountains, it's a lot you can enjoy in such a
the breeze of plants, the island's
organic garden beside Hung
is a place where he expresses his love of
flowers, plants, animals and people. Enjoying a
cup of tea, he sits quietly in his 30,000
sq. ft. organic garden, recycling everything he
has, from toilet seats to a
fridge (which he uses
as a bookshelf).
"Everyone here is passionate
and open. Sometimes
neighbours will come by with a few dishes to
share with everyone and in no time, we have a
party going. We could be partying every night,
if we wanted to. Being here, without spending
much, the happiness you
receive is priceless."
with a touch of environment-friendliness.
Cafe" in 1997;
a simple coffee shop it's
filled with books given
by his neighbours and
friends. It emphasises
on organic and environment-friendly
switched from his original career of being an
Electronic Signal Engineer to a chef and
in making a lot of
dishes, but it doesn't matter, since
I constantly learn and
keep on trying." Ever since the
Kennex found his true passion and talent. Lots
of things happen in life; slow down and slowly
savor the moment, stop and listen to your heart.
open a shop - Start life's 2nd spring.
Island and loved its
soil. Over 10 years,
she learned gardening
and planting; she
turned mud swamps no one would get near
into a flowering
garden of Eden:
"The garden belongs to
says. "I hope everyone would come by and
enjoy nature as it is." In her shop
everything she sells is made by herself. From
sweets to jams and sauces, she sticks with using
natural cane sugar instead of
traditional white sugar, and all the ingredients
have to be fresh and at their peak.
The products she sells also change season
by season, making her 4-seasoned sweets
- "Osmanthus Cake",
"Black Sesame Cake", "Haw Red Bean Jelly"
and "Coconut Milk with Red Bean Cake"
- the main attractions
of her shop.
After moving here 3 years
ago, she says,
"I love this place more and more!"
6th (last) paragraph:
reflects a calm state of heart.
On the streets of Lamma Island,
you're sure to bump in a few dogs.
on Lamma for 17 years, when asked why she moved
here from the city, answers,
"So that I can keep
Selling Point, ever since
they started in 1998,
a bunch of people coming to Lamma
Island to learn.
I personally never thought Lamma
Island had any special
products, and it so
happens that I had
experience in making glass ornaments.
So I opened the
workshop, teaching and
products, hoping whenever people think of Lamma
Island, they think of
Glass is fragile and easily
broken; one needs to have a calm mind and heart
to create colorful, interesting and life-reflecting
glass glass ornaments.
I've just received our latest electricity bill by email,
featuring this all-new bar chart and info boxes added at the bottom:
Checking out the very informative
HKElectric.com website, I found this recent, interesting press
More information on HK Electric bills to encourage energy saving
12 June 2012 HK Electric's domestic customers will be able to
track their electricity consumption for up to two years and
learn about their own habits and patterns in energy use through
a new format electricity bill.
A bar chart showing the monthly electricity
consumption for the past 24 months will be printed on the bills,
giving customers a handy reference for better understanding of
their own carbon footprint and encouraging smart
from this, figures of "carbon dioxide (CO2) emission per unit of
electricity consumed" and "per capita consumption for HK
Electric domestic customers" will also be carried on the bills.
Customers can access their electricity
consumption record for the past 24-months, either from our
website or through the 'HK Electric Low Carbon App'. But,
starting from today, our domestic customers can also check the
information direct from their bills which, we trust, will
enhance their awareness about energy use and form an important
first step towards energy saving," Mr. Wan said.
He said the other two additional figures will
remind customers of their carbon footprint in their daily lives."
So this is what it's all about? But looking at our
household chart, especially the massive electricity peaks in Jul-Sep (aircon
in our South-facing rooftop flat), it makes me feel guilty about how we're
using way too much electricity, pumping too much CO2 into the atmosphere,
considering the size of our carbon footprint and that we're using much more
power than the average of "HK Electric domestic consumers"! It makes me feel
guilty while using the stable and reliable power HK Electric provides, for
which they're charging us quite a lot, adding up to more than all the bills
for our other utilities (water, gas, broadband) and both our mobile phones
combined. Are they really advising us to use less of their product and pay
Well, should I switch off my computer, printer, gadgets,
light, radio and aircon right now inside my small home office, trying to
reduce next month's bar in the chart above? Perhaps, but then how could I
continue complaining & blogging?
But this 2-year chart above definitely gives us something
to think about. Maybe it's time to switch off the aircon and run the fan
instead, or switch off everything and go for another long walk, hike or bike
a table setting like this, you'll know it might be expensive. Obviously not
shot on Lamma, as most of our restaurants are more in the reasonably
cheap-and-cheerful category. It was a private celebration for Lamma-Por at
Central's Sportful Garden Restaurant. See their amazing garlic
lobster with glass noodles, promotional price of $38 for two!
But we didn't feel like like being "sportful" in their
garden after this high-classy, high- tasty dinner, wadling off to catch the
ferry home at the nearby IFC.
They've also got some of the very best dim sum in town
(IMHO), levels above anything available on Lamma, at very reasonable cost,
ordered from a tick-off menu with 65 choices. We might return for the next
I got one more picture to show you, from the Farewell
Dinner at Sau Kee Seafood Rest. in YSW, taken on their closing day of
May 31, after 40+ years in business. It's currently closed for a total
renovation and will be managed by the former team of Lamcombe Seafood
Rest. - Andy & Elizabeth & co. They've been looking for a new rest. to
run, after losing the old Lamcombe lease several years ago. Now they've
finally found a new location, just next door. We're most eagerly looking
forward to the reopening this summer.
- Children Welfare Scheme
Dear Lamma Fun Day friends,
Thank you to all who showed up at Diesel's on
Sunday for the Lamma Fun Day Forum and thank you
to those who couldn't make it but sent apologies
and commitment of involvement. It means a lot to
us to know you are all behind this event. So……
drum role….. Lamma Fun Day 2012 in on!
is Saturday, 24th
November 2012 – start spreading the
word. The majority voted for Saturday vs the
regularly Sunday format and we think it's worth
trying out. Parents will have more time to shop
and enjoy the day because they will get some
extra help minding the kids from our wonderful
helpers. Kids will play longer and adults will
be able to party more knowing the following day
is not a work day. So lets see how Saturday
works for this year and give it a go!
This will be the 12th Lamma Fun Day
supporting the great work of Child Welfare
Scheme (CWS), a HK registered charity providing
education, health care and social opportunities
to children and youth in Nepal (www.cwshk.org).
Thanks to Andrew Doig (Doggy), a Lamma
resident at the time, for starting this
fantastic idea upon his return from Nepal all
those years ago. And thank you to the amazing
Lamma community for keeping it going! Every
year, all funds raised at Lamma Fun Day goes to
supporting a group of youth to undergo
vocational training and psycho social counseling
at the JYOTI Vocational Training Centre in
Why Nepal, why this project & why CWS?
Every year 10,000 Nepalese girls, mostly
between the ages of 9 and 16 are sold to
brothels and 1 in 3 children work as child
labourers. Children in Nepal are struggling due
to the political and economic situation and we
can help them. You have helped them!
CWS supports over 700 of these youth every
year. One project which provides opportunities
for these rescued youth is called the JYOTI
(Blaze of brightness) Vocational Training
Centre. This project reintegrates these
disadvantaged young people into mainstream
society by providing vocational training and
After 2 years of training these youth
graduate as qualified plumbers, electricians,
care givers or secretaries. Since the programme
began in 2002, the average employment rate of
these graduates is 88% versus a national average
of less than 60%. Among graduates from 2011
group, 80% are currently employed. Trainees from
the 9th batch, who will finish this year, are
currently doing ‘on-the-job training' in paid
CWS achievements and awards:
- CWS has been one of the leading
organisations in Nepal since 1997 and it
reaches out to over 30,000 children every
- Our health service (Asha Health Care) is
the second largest health care provider of
paediatric services in the entire Western
Region of Nepal.
- CWS Founder Douglas Maclagan was awarded
the 2007 Unsung Heroes Award in the UK in
recognition of his outstanding contribution
to the welfare and health of children in
- CWS Founder Douglas Maclagan was awarded
the 2009 ‘World of Children' Health Award,
an accolade recognized by UNICEF and hailed
as the ‘Nobel Prize for Children.'
- Lamma made CWS possible – when
Douglas first started raising funds for CWS
in the late 1990's the Lamma community gave
him friendship, contacts and all the support
he needed to get the charity off the ground.
Thank you everyone and we look forward to
being in touch with each of you soon regarding
your sections/volunteer interests.
If you have any questions please feel free to
contact myself (email@example.com)
Plus an unintentionally "wobbly" photo of the YSW skyline below. Click to
Thanks for your
email, friend, stranger, or flack,
I'm on annual leave now, but I'll soon be back,
I'll return from my travels on the 25th of June,
And respond to you then—not a moment too soon!
I will have no access
to internet, pager or phone,
So if you're feeling sad and Forever Alone,
Just think of me
disconnected from my fellow man,
(As it's just a few weeks I won't give much of a
For queries about
anything in HK Magazine,
Just contact another member of our team.
For dining and lifestyle, please call Adele Wong,
From restaurants to fashion, she won't put a foot
For arts and culture,
you need Leanne Mirandilla,
From art shows to plays, anything highbrow will
Social media and online, speak to Katie Kenny,
And if it's film or nightlife,
then please email Penny.
For everything else,
please contact Zach Hines,
If only to complain about my terrible rhymes.
Until then, I shall be taking my well-earned long
And I will get in touch when I'm sat back at my
Sending out my occasional email to the 4,500+ Lamma- zine
subscribers and registered forum members, I usually get back all kinds of
automatic replies about full mailboxes, inactive addresses or Out of Office AutoReplies. Cleaning up the secret, never-to-be-shared subscriber list
manually to keep it clean, active and up-to-date is time-consuming.
occasionally you come across a great reply, a few kind words of
encouragement, a good tip or even a most welcome, rare and precious offer to
help out in some way on this website, be it with good ideas, photos,
technical, design, marketing, or even a story.
occasionally it's just something simple like an away message that might give
me a good chuckle, lightening up a rainy T1 signal day, like today. Case in
point, here's best automatic reply message received after I sent out today's
mass email, from Sarah Fung - Deputy Editor - HK Magazine. We've
heard from her before in the Lamma-zine, when HK Magazine handed us the
Coolest Outlying Island. So let me return the favour and hand a
Lamma-zine award of Coolest Auto Reply Message
to Sarah. But she'll have to pick it up in person on Lamma and promise to
refrain from any more
outdated and cheap hippie taunts appearing in HK Magazine. Deal?
If you've missed the Lamma-zine email
subscription), here's the intro:
Dear Lamma-zine reader,
Let's start off this week leading up to the Dragonboat
Festival holiday on Saturday with a few light and hopefully
entertaining stories (and the usual boat load of pictures)
- the birds and the bees ... in a bar
- the chase of skittish butterflies all over South Lamma
- the big trouble brewing in idyllic Lychee Valley
- the grand sale of an overgrown garden for $11 million
- the cloudy 'Ring of Fire' solar eclipse breakfast
- the heart & soul of indigenous Lamma
- the storyteller and the children in the banyan house
- the tonnes of success in glass recycling
- the top teams tilting & turning, throwing & thriving
- the young and the young-at-heart Lammaites commemorating June 4
- the "Out of This World" Lamma Dragons invading Zhuhai
- the Lamma-zine intern & L-G raiding an all-you-can-drink wine
Lamma Events Calendar:
Lamma Bar & Restaurant News:
P.S. Reply from Sarah Fung:
"Hey Lamma-Gung! Fame at
'big on Lamma!'
Thanks for the
award, one of my Lamma friends sent me the link yesterday and I
had a good giggle. Next time I come to Lamma I'll
let you know, so I can pick up
Keep up the
good work with the Lamma-zine!
taunts? Us? Never! ;)"
"Captain" Steve Dressler -
- "Where Moving's a Breeze"
(Photos by Steve,
click to enlarge)
Dear Antony & Ulrica!
It was a GREAT pleasure to
orchestrate your move to Lamma today! Despite
the inherent challenges of a 9-floor
walk-up/down, large roof top plants & furniture,
a remote, hilltop location,
up again 3 floors, we managed to make great FUN
out of it!
Your partner Ulrica
is a master packer,
and you are a tireless team leader! We are all
impressed and thankful that you both helped as
much as you did, which not only cut 3 hours (or
so) off the job, but also cut a few thousand
dollars off your moving tab.
In the end, you provided a great
touch by buying beers on the rooftop for the
boys, and then followed by a NICE DINNER in the
village! We hope that your mother heard that
"Trade Winds" cheer all the way back in England,
and that she will appreciate the attached pic of
you on the Sampan
calling her with the exciting "blow by blow"
happenings of the day!
She should be proud of her son!
See here a few more pics of your
great moving adventure today!
I like the one of you and me "on
deck" of the Good Ship Trade Winds with the cold
It was a pleasure to meet you,
to work with you, and to WELCOME you to your
lovely new home on a
THANKS for your trust in Trade
"Captain" Steve Dressler
Director - Trade Winds (HK) Ltd
O: (852) 2803-2561 --
C: (852) 9489-9979
Storage Solutions For The HK Expat"
the success of the
On the sampan - amazing how the
captain got us across the channel on experience &
that's Steve on his unicycle during another Lamma move,
Click posters for details
Banyan House Kindergarten -
Catherine Macer + Karina Bergen, Directors:
(Open Day photos, Sun Jun 10, by Lamma-Gung,
click to enlarge photos)
Banyan House is now entering its
fifth year of providing inspired learning for
many of the pre-schoolers on Lamma, and offering
families the chance to enjoy an English medium
pre-school right in the heart of their
community. Our roots have deepened, and our
reputation has grown, but the essence of what do
Banyan House continues to
provide rich opportunities for each child's
personal growth and enjoyment. Classes are small
and intimate, and our teacher (now with over 29
years experience), has seen some 30 children
pass through her classroom and on to other
Banyan House continues to offer
a Steiner-inspired curriculum. The daily routine
of which gives young children a strong sense of
security. Creative activities, such as painting,
baking, gardening and modeling are offered on a
weekly basis. The children's time is designed to
provide a balance between activities which
encourage expansive energy - imaginative play
and going for a walk - and activities which
encourage focus and concentration such as
sewing, modeling, or listening to a story. At
Banyan House, domestic day-to-day tasks, such as
preparing the daily snack and laying the table,
offer the children the experience of engaging in
work of real value.
Throughout the week, the
children share and enjoy a wide range of rhymes,
music, songs, poetry, stories and books.
Encouraging emerging literacy, the children are
given the chance to experiment with writing for
them- selves through
making marks, personal writing symbols and
conventional script. Mathematical understanding
and emerging numeracy is developed through
stories, songs, games and imaginative play, so
that children enjoy recognizing, using and
experimenting with numbers.
In Banyan House careful
consideration is given to the impact of
everything upon all the senses of a young child.
There are no 'hard' corners and the furniture
and toys are of natural materials and often
handmade. Banyan House also has a protected and
safe outdoor area where the children can
experience and enjoy playing in nature.
For more info about Banyan
House, please go to our website
(Photos by Lisa)
- Lamma Painter & Art Educator:
(All photos by Lamma-Gung, click to enlarge)
About the Children's Art
Classes & Exhibition
"Island Arts" is a vibrant after
school arts initiative, run by well-known local
painter and art educator Roz Keep. Roz
specializes in teaching drawing and painting to
primary school children on Lamma Island where
these classes seek to celebrate the local
community and environment. She has specifically
enabled students to become familiar with local
trees as well as other local flora and fauna.
is an exhibition of this work at Banyan Bay
Cafe (Cath's Bar) from now until June 20,
which displays the children's work over a period
of several months from Oct 2011 - May 2012. The
age of the children ranges from 7- 12.
At the exhibition you will see
drawings made outdoors around Yung Shue Wan
which helped the children understand and
appreciate their surroundings. Yung Shue Wan
even means Banyan Tree Bay, so drawing these
wonderful old trees helped the children
understand a rather special ingredient of this
The children also went for a
bird walk and studied some of the common birds
of Lamma. They then created images of those
using acrylic paints on canvas to make pictures
of favorite Lamma birds.
they studies butterflies while learning how to
use watercolor techniques such as wet on wet and
wet on dry. They learned how to cut out and
rearrange compositions thoughtfully, while
learning that Lamma has a huge variety of
butterflies and moths.
As well as wildlife, Lamma food
has been an important subject and the children
visited shops, including Ivy's, with all its
colorful fruit and veggies to sketch what they
saw. Painted papers were then made by all the
children, which they cut out in order to make a
On June 6 the exhibition opened
with a party at Cath's Banyan Bay Cafe
with drinks and snacks for the children and
their families and to get together and
appreciate the art and nature of Young Shu Wan.
you would like details of the class schedules
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Lamma-zine Intern & Junior Lammaite:
(Photos by Lamma-Gung (who paid the bill) &
When coming to Hong Kong, having
a good seafood dinner is usually a must, unless
you have one of those religious/medical reasons.
Lamma-Gung & I happen to
have a chance to try out a "Lamma Island, Sok
Kwu Wan - Exclusive Sampling Buffet" in the
Lamma Hilton Fishing Village Club.
Set aside the sea, with their
own floating pontoon, it's guaranteed their food
is as fresh as it gets. With 60 different
samplers that day, along with practically
unlimited red and white wine, the cool summer
breeze and great dishes like calamari, garlic
prawns, steamed fish define a "perfect
Saturday". The buffet started at 1pm and ended
at 6pm; but was a rather low profile event.
what the owner said, they are currently in the
process of changing their menu (to a Chinese &
Thai Fusion), and will be available in August.
With the new menu, they'll also be doing a
"Monthly Special" every month, so there's always
a good reason so stop by.
Their address is Lot 584 DD. 10,
Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island; (just turn left and
head towards North once you leave the Pier);
Tel: 9466 8559 / 2982 8220,
Click above for more photos and an article from Lamma
Dragon and Lamma-zine guest blogger
Brittany. (Photo by Nicky Jones)
Mr. Official Court Glutton
- Lamma-zine Food Reviewer:
As I sit here under
my A/C with the air nearly 33 degrees C outside,
I am actually finding it no problem remembering
that 6 degrees C day at the end of December,
when the Official Court Gluttons set out for the
YSW ferry to embark for the annual Lamma Island
Snake Banquet. A banquet that I was a bit
disappointed to find out was NOT made of snakes
from Lamma Island, but come from snake farms on
the Mainland. What makes it the Lamma Island
Snake Banquet is that the tickets for this
evening are sold only on Lamma. There are
several other identical events at the same
location with tickets sold on Lantau, Peng Chau,
Cheng Chau, etc.
actually met His Eminence, Lamma- Gung, nor his
best half, Lamma-Por, either, our relationship
consisted of only electrons flying downs wires
and reassembled at the end into ASCII text, I
knew it could be a shaky last-
minute meet-up. I had been told by friends he
looked just like his avatar, the avatar
apparently having been done prior to his massive
weight loss. Though I must admit there is some
resemblance. He is not the only tall gweilo with
a ponytail on the island, but there are just a
few. Needless to say, we missed him going by us,
as we sat on the blasting cold pier moments
before the ferry departure. I'm sure the couple
of pints we had already imbibed contributed
naught to that. After all, we are Official
members of the Lamma-zine Court and should
warrant some type of hoopla, drums, jesters or
otherwise. Another Tsing Tao took the bite from
the hawk as we jumped aboard the next boat to
Central, after speaking with Lamma-Gung who was
now aboard the departed ferry.
On arrival, my
lovely Mrs Official Court Glutton did not depart
the ferry with us. I had obviously been pushing
all the wrong buttons on the way over, as I am
often wont to do. It is amazing she puts up with
me at all. L-G and I enlisted the aid of one of
the crew to search both decks, under the seats,
and in the heads. But she was nowhere to be
found. After ensuring the crew would toss her a
life jacket if they spotted her on the return
(she is a very strong swimmer anyway), we dashed
out to catch up with Lamma-Por, already saving
us a table.
The snake wine was
on the table on arrival, and the soup arrived
almost immediately. Thick and corn-starchy, with
snake, wood ear and, I think, even chicken in
it. It was ... not bad. The snake did taste like
chicken. It did begin to warm my bones, as the
Cantonese believe. The snake wine may have
helped, too. And as the Chinese Chew-siu's go,
it was quite nice.
The next course was
fried pigeon. With some fried multi-colored
crisps, but I don't know what they were, but
they were quite good. I love fried birds, and
the pigeons where salty and crispy, very much to
Then came some
snake chow mein, sauteed snake with carrots,
green peppers, celery and a mild ginger sauce.
Still nice, but nothing to write home about.
We got some sea
snake [Editor: eel] with an assortment of
greens, some peppers and cilantro. If it wasn't
for the bones, the sea snake could have been
mistaken for a very mild fish. Being very
partial to seafood I found this dish to be
deliciousmousas. For the rest of the seafood, we
had some prawns too, no delectable snake here,
the standard Hong Kong garlic prawns.
The event was held
in what was described to me as a 'leftist'
working man's bar, where the longshoremen come
for lunch (one choice only and CHEAP) to eat and
discuss politics. I think it would be
interesting to show up here for lunch, hopefully
with an interpreter. I WAS warmed at the
completion of the meal. Glad I made it and next
time I will make my report in a more timely
I returned to Tai
Wan Old Village very satiated, with most of a
six pack to Tsing Tao, to find my wonderful
cohort sound asleep in bed after her apparently
long swim home.
Next up – end of
winter meal at the
Waterfront Bar & Rest., with an
Poster on Lamma's walls
Sauteed snake chow mein
- Lamma-zine Intern, young
I'm not a huge fan of crowded
places. In fact, if possible I try my best to
avoid them. The June 4th rally in Victoria Park
on HK Island was an event where I should have
stayed in and enjoyed a good iced coffee, but
after being persuaded by my father and
peer-pressure from my sister also going, I went
Picture by John & Betty
Being a rather ignorant person
(especially regarding politics), I don't have
much knowledge about the June Fourth Incident
other than "Chinese people being killed by their
own government" and "China doesn't allow people
to discuss the incident". If I were to describe
the reason for the June 4th Rally, it's the idea
of "telling China we still remember and we'll be
talking about it regardless if you like it or
not because we're in a SAR!" I understand these
sentiments, since, hey, until we get
acknowledgment we won't stay like the three wise
monkeys (or what Bill Pullman said in
Back to the point, being there
wasn't my first priority, but rather, what good
looking girls I might be able to meet while I'm
there, since you know, it's dark, there's
candles, people being emotional, seems like a
good idea, right?
But then I was targeted by a
news reporter, asking me about my thoughts
regarding the whole event and such, that's when
I started thinking "Why am I here and what am I
doing?" People would have said for liberty, to
take down communism, I honestly didn't think of
any of those, but rather, I believe it's the
action of "telling people to be responsible,
even if it's your career and 'face' at stake".
The event ended being fruitless
(since I didn't manage to get any girl's phone
number), but it ended on a positive where I know
I did something and stood up for what I
believed. The news later that night said there
were at least 180,000 people there, and I was
one of those.
In Chinese there's this saying,
"With enough ants you could take down an
elephant". I think Chinese should take in
advantage in their sheer numbers and take down
that "red elephant".
Read Chinese version...
Cairns Media Magazine,
PARK, Hong Kong Island – Twenty-three years
have passed since the Beijing Massacre when
China's People's Liberation Army assaulted its
own people, killing thousands of innocent
individuals on the streets of the capital city.
Vindicated and honored by public
opinion, those who died in the carnage
surrounding June 4, 1989, remain heroic figures.
For the 23rd year in a row, huge numbers of Hong
Kong people, joined increasingly by visitors
from the Chinese mainland, marked the
anniversary by attending a candlelight vigil in
Victoria Park. Organizers, who ran out of
candles, estimated this year's attendance at
180,000. Among all the communities under Chinese
jurisdiction, only Hong Kong, with greater
freedoms thanks to its past.
Read more and see loads of pictures...
P.S. For more info about today's player
injury, a few words and pictures from the Commissioner:
"Incident at LIPBL Games in Lamma" (Facebook only).
This online ad from Habitat Property aroused my
curiosity, check it out:
Beachfront Site - Unique Opportunity
It's basically trying to sell for $11 million just an
empty plot of land, no house ... in idyllic but remote Mo Tat Wan! It had a
photo with the detailed location, so I checked it out during my South Lamma
hike yesterday, before enjoying my customary late lunch in The Bay Rest.
This wild, overgrown plot of Land is just adjacent to the rest., but not
connected to them in any way commercially. The plot is just the right size
for a village house. The ad also includes the Ding
right (Planning permission for a 3-storey Village House)!? Building a basic
village house will costs at least $2 million and there's extensive slope
stabilisation above the site required, to be paid by the owner.
Discuss this topic in
our forum. Is this a new direction for sleepy South Lamma, some prime
locations multiplying in value? Unlikely, but some off-Lamma agents seem to
be testing the waters on how much they can push up the sales prices,
competing with the local boys. But this "Beachfront Site - Unique
Opportunity" has been on the market for quite some time already and it's
still available, to nobody's surprise. Let's have a closer eye on South
Lamma property in the near future.
While I'm down here once again in Mo Tat Wan, let
me promote my favourite non- Chinese restaurant in all of South Lamma. It
might also be the only one, but it's still surprising to find this kind of
quality on a sunset beach in a tiny little village of a few hundred
residents, where it is actually also the only restaurant of any kind.
I stop by almost every time when I'm in the neighbourhood.
I've liked this place for years, not just since restaurant owner Raymond
has become a
Lamma-zine advertiser a few months ago, helping to keep this Lamma
community website alive. I've just received a poster, flyer, brochure and
photos from this great place on a wooden terrace off a clean, sandy beach
with rental watersports facilities and the ferry pier just outside, ideal
for fun events like birthdays, weddings and private parties! Click below to
find out more, or check the extensive
The Bay Mediterranean
Sok Kwu Wan - Mo Tat Wan, with Ling Kok Shan, fish farms
and the massive slope-cutting works in progress, creating space enough for
the future South Lamma Sewage Treatment Plant.
Mo Tat Wan pier, the ferry from Sok Kwu Wan arriving, en
route to Aberdeen. The ferry fares for this scenic Lamma ferry will be
increased by 20% from June 3.
South Lamma's Tung O Wan, the bay where the Baroque of
Lamma marina was proposed, viewed from the Mo Tat Wan helipad. Want to
watch a video
shot from a model helicopter taking off from this square helipad, one of the
5 official Lamma helipads?
All pictures taken while hiking in South Lamma: Mo Tat
Wan - Tung O Wan - SKW.
No wonder butterflies seem to prosper in South Lamma,
just look at the flowers!
But the predators are prospering too, here's a Praying
Mantis having an afternoon snack on a bright-red-eyed Skipper:
Common Red Eye - Matapa Aria -
Paul the Butterfly Man and famous photographer
will be leading special butterfly tours in Sok Kwu Wan and Lo So Shing soon,
more about this very soon....
This was the very first time I took all 4 Lamma
ferry routes in a single day, see GPS map above,
via the free
MapMyHike Android/iPhone app:
Yung Shue Wan - Central - Sok Kwu Wan - Mo Tat Wan - walk back to Sok Kwu
Wan via Tung O Wan and the hilltop pavilion - ferry to Aberdeen via Mo Tat
Wan - back to Yung Shue Wan via Pak Kok. Phew!
See my progress by altitude (green) and speed (blue)
above, for the last part of my "Stumbling Randomly" hike, Mo Tat Wan - Tung O Wan,
and my ferry rides Sok Kwu Wan - Aberdeen - YSW. The yellow part is my
leisurely stroll, often waiting very patiently for the extremely skittish
butterflies to stop fluttering and settle down for a few seconds for their
The 3 flat-top peaks show the ferry's speed: constant
speed SKW - Aberdeen, dinner break, slowly out through and out of Aberdeen harbour,
cruising speed to YSW, with a stopover in Pak Kok, then walking home....
How to keep track of all the departure of all these ferry
routes, besides checking the links at the top left of this website? The free
Hong Kong Ferry HD app.
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